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Large areas of low-lying Holland have been reclaimed from the sea and the country's climate is as changeable as the North Sea waters which lie off its long coast.
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Netherlands weather overview
Be prepared for rain at any time in the Netherlands, especially in inland areas which, in the winter, tend to be wetter than coastal districts.
In the summer, however, the coast can fall prey to sudden squalls, thunderstorms and intense showers while, in the autumn and winter, it can be afflicted by strong gales.
Some winters are severe enough to freeze canals and rivers, while others are mild. There are only two things you can be sure of when visiting Holland: the country is very flat and, therefore, windy, and rain can bucket down at any time of year.
What to pack for Netherlands weather
In the summer, you could find yourself basking in up to 8 hours of sunshine a day, so light clothes are appropriate but these should always be supplemented with warmer cover-ups and rainwear.
In winter, medium to warm clothes are essential. Basically, when travelling to Holland, you should be prepared for anything.
Which is the hottest month in the Netherlands?
The hottest time of year in Amsterdam, Netherlands is normally July. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 21°C.
Which month has the most rain in the Netherlands?
In terms of rainfall, November is usually the wettest month in Amsterdam, Netherlands with 88mm on average. There are normally 20 days in November with some rain.
When is it sunniest in the Netherlands?
The sunniest time of year in Amsterdam, Netherlands is normally May with bright sunshine on average for 43% of daylight hours; that's 7 hours of sunshine per day.
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